Trust #PlaidShirtGuy To End Trump’s Nightmare Reign

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I was wondering if I was reading too much into the near-convergence of Sen. John McCain’s funeral; Labor Day, the traditional kickoff of the campaign season; and Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish holidays of repentance and renewal.… More

Life, Death And Wrestling With Delacroix’s Angel In Paris

This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. You must see the garden,” said the guard, in French, pointing to a door in the Delacroix Museum that my daughter and I hadn’t noticed. It led outside and down two sets of stairs to an exquisite courtyard, a silent oasis below… More

Impact and Time: Tale of Two Stories

Media Impact Project Editor’s Note: Journalism can and does spur real change. The following two stories by our MIP guest blogger outlines how two reporters spotlighted serious problems in government agencies and helped initiate improvements. The first is a heartbreaking story involving the overwrought Child Protective Services in Rochester, New… More

Wanna Try Some VR? Here’s a Guide

Lately I’ve been doing a bit of VR bingeing. While I’m not a binge TV viewer, I cannot get enough VR when the opportunity presents itself. Luckily, I’m based in Los Angeles, where new media experiments are all the rage, and my job takes me to exactly the kinds of… More

“Roseanne” Has New Neighbors. They’re Muslim.

ABC made the May 8, 2018 episode of “Roseanne” available in advance for comment by some thoughtful observers. When producer Tom Werner, an old friend, asked me if I had some scholars to suggest, I immediately thought of Amir Hussain and Sohad Murrar. Marty Kaplan, Director, Norman Lear Center Why… More

Why Muslim TV Characters Matter

Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles I watched the “Go Cubs” episode of Roseanne, which I think is extraordinary. When asked in surveys, most Americans indicate that they don’t know a Muslim, and so the images that they see on television are crucial, as they may be the… More

“Roseanne” Takes on Islamophobia

Ph.D. candidate in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison The new episode of Roseanne turns to Islamophobia. It does it responsibly. The season has already tackled problems of class, political ideology, race, sexuality, immigration and veteran affairs. (Spoiler alert!) This new episode, “Go Cubs,” introduces the Conners’ new neighbors, the Al Harazis,… More